Aberdaron is a municipality and a former fishing village on the westernmost tip of the Lleyn Peninsula (Welsh: Penrhyn Llŷn) in Welsh County Gwynedd. It is located about 24 km west of Pwllheli and about 54 km southwest of Caernarfon. In 2011 she had 965 inhabitants. Sometimes it is referred to as "Land's End of Wales" (Welsh Pendraw'r Byd). The community includes Bardsey Island (Ynys Enlli), the coastal area around Porthor and the villages of Anelog, Llanfaelrhys, Penycaerau, Rhoshirwaun, Rhydlios, Uwchmynydd and Y Rhiw.The village was the last resting place for pilgrims on their way to Bardsey Island legendary "Island of the 20,000 Saints". In the 18th and 19th centuries, a shipyard and a port developed. The mines and quarries became major employers and limestone, lead, jasper and manganese were exported. A pier was built in Porth Simdde (an old name for the west end of Aberdaron Beach). After the Second World War, mining collapsed and Aberdaron became a popular tourist destination. The beach won the Seaside Award in 2008 The coastal waters are part of the Pen Llŷn a'r Sarnau Special Area of Conservation (Welsh Ardal Cadwraeth Arbennig Pen Llŷn a'r Sarnau), one of the largest marine reserves in the United Kingdom. The coast itself is part of the Aberdaron Coast and Bardsey Island Special Protection Area (Welsh Ardal Gwarchodaeth Arbennig Glannau Aberdaron ac Ynys Enlli), and was appointed Heritage Coast in 1974. Already in 1956, the area belonged to the Llŷn Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (Welsh Ardal o Harddwch Naturiol Eithriadol Llŷn). Protected Areas have been established in Aberdaron, Bardsey Island and Y Rhiw; In addition, the area was named Landscape of Historic Interest.
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